Pebble Beach – Concours d’Elegance 2012

The event that all fine vehicle owners and spectators await for every year returns to the lovely Pebble Beach, CA.  Mark your calendars for this stunning affair as there will be days worth of taking in these prized beauties.

Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is an annual driving event that delights entrants and spectators alike.

Initiated to showcase the elegance of the automobile in motion, the Tour also underscores the early history of the place that is Pebble Beach. Decades before golf links were laid out along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this area was known for its scenic drive, winding for miles through pine and cypress forest, dancing alongside dramatic cliffs and leading, ultimately, to a beautiful crescent-shaped bay.

The traditional Tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, and pauses for a time in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tour participants enjoy a catered gourmet lunch, a champagne celebration at the finish and commemorative gifts.  The Tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And spectators are invited to view the Tour at key points along the route, particularly along Ocean Avenue in Carmel.

It is important to note that the Tour and the Concours are directly linked. If two vehicles tie in class competition at the Concours, the vehicle that has successfully completed the Tour gets the nod.

August 16, 2012

7 – 8 a.m. Cars line up near Collins Field in Pebble Beach

8:30 a.m. Tour departs, tracing portions of 17-Mile Drive and nearby scenic roads

11:30 – 12 noon Tour arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea

12 noon – 2 p.m. Cars are displayed on Ocean Avenue

2 – 2:30 p.m. Tour returns to Pebble Beach

3:00 p.m. Concluding Champagne toast for participants



The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance invites you to take part in Pebble Beach RetroAuto 2012, the destination for the true automotive enthusiast. RetroAuto rounds out Concours Week with exhibits of the very finest auto accoutrements.

Located immediately adjacent to the main pedestrian entrance to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the elegant RetroAuto pavilion features rare collectibles and memorabilia from our automotive past, as well as the latest luxury goods and technological tools to enhance today’s driving experience. Exhibitors represent a variety of retail and manufacturing categories, including historic automobilia, auto parts, original poster art, books and literature, fine art, photography and posters, as well as luxury items to complement the motoring lifestyle.

The RetroAuto pavilion is also the site of select parties and special events throughout the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend.

August 17 – August 19

10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday

8 am to 6 pm on Concours Sunday


RetroAuto Pavillion

Pebble Beach, CA


Auctions & Exhibits

The gavel first fell at Pebble Beach back in 1990 and now the Pebble Beach Auctions, conducted by the highly regarded firm of Gooding & Company on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, are among the most attended and anticipated collector car events of all Pebble Beach Automotive Week.

“The Pebble Beach Auctions are now viewed as leading indicators for the worldwide collector car and luxury car markets. In recent years, the success of these auctions has been due in large part to the high standards of Gooding & Company,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button in a recent interview.

The auction house has set numerous world records on the grounds of Pebble Beach, including the highest price paid for a car at a North American auction (the 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic from the Peter and Susan Williamson Collection sold for $7,920,000 in 2008), an Alfa Romeo at auction (the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Drop Head Coupe sold for $4,180,000 in 2009) and an Aston Martin road car at auction (the 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drop Head Coupe sold for $1,650,000 in 2009).

At the 2010 Pebble Beach Auctions, Gooding & Company set records for selling the world’s top three most valuable cars sold at auction in 2010 (the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione sold for $7,260,000, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza sold for $6,710,000 and the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod sold for $6,105,000), and sold more than $64.59 Million for 106 lots.

August 15 – August 19

Viewing Days

Wednesday, August 15 – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday, August 16 – 9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday, August 17 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, August 18 – 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sunday, August 19 – 9:00am – 5:30pm


Reception by invitation only

Friday, August 17



Saturday, August 18 5:00pm

Sunday, August 19 6:00pm

For more information on the entire Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event and to purchase tickets, please visit their website at


Founder / Editor & Chief

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *